Saturday, September 03, 2005
Leading by Example
Abraham Lincoln put it this way at the close of his Second Inaugural address:
"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
This is what we must strive for as a nation, which is what President Bush is doing. He is leading by example and doing what he can to help alleviate the pain and suffering of our fellow citizens. Unlike the unfortunate choice of many in the media and various other rabid liberals who choose to tear down whatever or whomever is in their immediate line of sight, the President is showing the way by doing, leading, encouraging and mobilizing resources. Even though he has been the target of unprecedented attacks by political opponents, he has refused to stoop to their level and is concentrating on getting things done that benefit the needy, not wallowing in the immature business of finger pointing and blame, so characteristic of the left.
The federal government is a giant entity, not necessarily well suited to immediate response. Big ships turn slowly. First response action is the responsibility of local and state officials first, and then federal if needed. The federal government doesn't get involved until requested by state government. All of these groups are giant beurocracies. It is so unfortunate that the state officials did not anticipate the severity of the impending devastation and request federal assistance earlier, but that's why it is called a tragedy, a natural disaster, An ACCIDENT! People drowning in their attics is not George Bush’s fault! People like poverty pimp, Jesse Jackson, rapper, Kenye West, and Civil rights activist, Randall Robinson need to learn this, although I will concede that it is too late for them and most of the left, who thrive on anger, hate and blame. Much of the left is addicted to the rush attained from negative energy and will utilize any tragedy to get their next fix. The rest of us will follow the Presidents lead and remain positive, not looking to blame, but looking to help.